Hayden Welch’s review published on Letterboxd:
“You look like a little boy in the bathtub.”
In one of the absolute finest pictures of all time Vincent Gallo explores a world of blame and hurt; a promise written in stone, supposedly irreversible only to be changed by the dedication of a gentle touch. Vincent Gallo’s “Billy” looks at how a less than traditionally paternal upbringing can guise in tremendous results. It’s built not of a single detrimental blow, but of small deteriorated slights that chip away at psyche, comments such as, “Honey, where is *the* Billy picture.” A seemly innocent comment that makes you question the quantity of a mothers’ photographical evidence as opposed to that same medium with someone, such as, O.J. Simpson.
Dancing in the shallows of a river
Dreaming in the shadow
Of the willow.
Upon the hopeless crossroads we meet Layla. A guardian angel, a beacon of light, and symbol of vulnerability. She shows that repetition in love can work. Her endless need for reassurance in, “Promise me you’ll come back... if you don’t want to come back just tell me, don’t lie.” Relaying this message of assertion and necessary openness make for this odd mixture of mature dull understanding of an adult relationship, the other a childlike idealism of reciprocated and unconditional love.
Extrapolating you own failures and projecting them onto anyone with the most singular and insignificant iota of relevance to the situation in question is highly critiqued in Buffalo ‘66. When both immense love and immense resentment can form and contort a person it shows that people have less an influence then previously thought; Buffalo ‘66 is truly about confronting yourself and being ready to understand yourself before stationing others to take your short-comings.
When a relationship as co-dependent as Layla and Billys’ exist it is extremely crucial to separate reality from a more metaphysical entity. Billy nor Vincent are saying “Kidnapping is a reliable way to have someone.” Or that it’s natural for Layla to be completely on board. There’s a clear meaning soaked within this piece that begs to understand the emotional and sub-consciously manipulative nature in all of us. Stunning flawless work.
“Can you hold me?”